Vatican signs formal treaty with state of Palestine

BY International Christian Embassy Jerusalem— The Vatican State signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying the pact “deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine.” A statement accompanying the signing demanded “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. Israel’s…

As I see it: Time to call out those aiding the Israel pogrom

By MELANIE PHILLIPS, JPOST— The UN Human Rights Council inquiry into last year’s Gaza war followed an all-too predictable course. The report of the two-member probe, headed by former New York Supreme Court judge Mary McGowan Davis, said “substantial information” pointed to “serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel…

New York State Assembly passes anti-BDS resolution

By JNS— The New York State Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution rejecting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, becoming the latest state government to do so. The resolution, which was introduced by Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley (D-Brooklyn) and was co-sponsored by 74 other members, rejects BDS activities that “undermine efforts to…

UCC Advisory Panel Debates Israeli Boycott and Apartheid

By BRYAN BALLAS, JUICY ECUMENISM— The United Church of Christ (UCC) is considering two resolutions concerning Israel at the denomination’s upcoming June 26-30 General Synod in Cleveland, Ohio. The first calls for the UCC to boycott Israeli products from Palestinian lands and divest from the corporations who receive profit from the “occupation” of said lands.…

Landmark anti-BDS law passes final Senate legislative hurdle

By REBECCA SHIMONI STOIL, TIMES OF ISRAEL— After weeks of legislative drama, a trade bill containing provisions opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday afternoon. The anti-BDS language, passed as part of the controversial Trade Promotion Authority legislation, is expected to be signed into law by…